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Hoosier Hall of Fame

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Indiana Bicentennial: Hoosier Hall of Fame

On December 11, 2016, our state officially marked its bicentennial. To honor the occasion, IM names the 200 people, places, things, and moments that make us proud.

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Hoosier Hall of Fame: Greatest Indiana Catchphrases

Call him the old-school Donald Trump: Elwood native Wendell Willkie won the GOP presidential nomination in 1940 by emphasizing his business cred as a CEO. Merrie Melodies used Willkie as a punchline a few years later, when Bugs Bunny said, “IT AIN’T VENDELL VILLKIE!”

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Hoosier Hall of Fame: Fictional Indiana Characters, Q-Rated

From Leslie Knope to Jimmy Chitwood, a breakdown of the state’s best-known roles.

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Hoosier Hall of Fame: Home and Abroad with Richard Lugar and Lee Hamilton

“There is a Midwestern calmness, a stability of outlook, very well exemplified by Dick [Lugar] and many, many others, that goes over well in Washington,” says longtime Indiana congressman Lee Hamilton.

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Hoosier Hall of Fame: O, Pioneers!

Cyclist Marshall “Major” Taylor, one of the barrier-breakers honored in IM’s Indiana Bicentennial coverage, was the first African-American athlete to win a world championship outside of boxing and to set world records.

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Hoosier Hall of Fame: Hoosier Innovations

You’re welcome for… Prozac. Fluoride Toothpaste. Drunkometer. Transistor Radio. Ball Jar. Headlights. Cruise Control. Push Mower. Dr. Scholl’s. Limestone. NYT Crossword Puzzles. Sudoku. Chuck Taylors.

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Hoosier Hall of Fame: It Happened Here!

The past comes alive at these historic spots-of-significance around the state—some of which are getting a little lift from Bicentennial projects.

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Hoosier Hall of Fame: Cummins

Ripple Effects: Cummins goes global—and brings the world to Indiana.

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Hoosier Hall of Fame: Purdue’s Giant Leaps

Ripple Effects: One Purdue University grad’s apprenticeship under the first-ever aviators sets the course for an out-of-this-world legacy.

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Hoosier Hall of Fame: All Roads Lead to the Speedway

Is it just us, or do all roads lead to Indiana’s—and the world’s—most famous racetrack? From Hawaii to Nazareth, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway leaves its tracks.

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Indiana Bicentennial: The Next 200 Years

State climatologist Dev Niyogi anticipates we’ll become adept at customizing our climate, from urban design and cloud seeding to new technologies. So put on your thinking caps, kids.

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Hoosier Hall of Fame: Indiana University

On the strength of groundbreaking faculty and famous alumni, Herman B Wells makes Indiana University into an academic powerhouse. The ripple effects follow from a Champaign-to-Bloomington transfer.

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Hoosier Hall of Fame: The Vonneguts’ Ripple Effects

With hammers and nails, an immigrant family builds a dynasty. From Vonnegut Hardwares stems an award-winning bike trail, a Ben Affleck flick, and one of 20th century’s most important writers.

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Hoosier Hall of Fame: Sports Corp’s Ripple Effects

Civic vision, opportunism, and lots of volunteerism take Indy’s sports rep from sorry to super.

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Hoosier Hall of Fame: Simon’s Ripple Effects

A young New Yorker’s decision to invest in Indianapolis real estate hits nothing. Follow the ripple effects of Mel Simon’s military move to Fort Benjamin Harrison.

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